Investigative + Special Projects Reporting

The Price of Care: Investigating California Conservatorships
Many have heard of conservatorships recently by way of Britney Spears or the Golden Globe winning Netflix film, “I Care a Lot.” One year in the making, this ABC10 Originals 5-part series, “The Price of Care: Investigating California Conservatorships” by investigative reporter Andie Judson, dives into the systemic issues of conservatorships in California and what's being done to regulate this $13-billion-dollar industry.

- Episode 1: Civil Death
- Episode 2: Patterns of Control
- Episode 3: The Old Boys' Club
- Episode 4: The Fight for Accountability
- Episode 5: Set up for Failure
- Article: The Price of Care: Investigating California Conservatorships
- Resources Article: Everything you need to know about conservatorships in California
- The story behind the story: ABC10 to release year-long investigation of California's conservatorship industry

What's the cost of police who refuse to change use-of-force policies? Lives and taxpayer money
Years before George Floyd died at the hands of police, an Elk Grove man died under similar circumstances. Why positional asphyxia and a lack of policy is troubling.

- Article: Deadly restraints by local police continue to happen as policies go unchanged, costing taxpayers millions
- 2020 Emmy winner for Investigative Single Report | Northern California 2020 Emmy Awards

Local deadly police shootings didn't lead to police reform. Why is George Floyd's death different?
Multiple deaths of black men by police in Sacramento sparked massive unrest. So why are we seeing a change from city leaders following Minneapolis-resident George Floyd's death? This investigative piece dives into how officer-involved shootings are investigated by district attorneys... and why there's concern with that.
- Article: Sacramento district attorney has never prosecuted or charged a law enforcement officer since she was elected
- 2020 Emmy winner for Politics/Government/Societal Concerns - Long Form Content | Northern California 2020 Emmy Awards

A pandemic like (n)one before
Mask enforcement, an election year, lack of testing...sounds a lot like the COVID-19 pandemic? In actuality this took place 102 years ago.
- Article: A pandemic like (n)one before: What history conveys about past outbreaks

How essential farmworkers have been hit hard by the coronavirus
As the entire globe deals with the coronavirus pandemic, one particular group here has been hit hard: the Hispanic community. These are the people who haven’t been able to stay home because many of them, locally, work in the agricultural industry - picking and harvesting the food that feeds millions and millions of Americans and generates billions in revenue. Reporter Andie Judson's investigation is an inside look at why these essential workers are being disproportionately devastated by COVID-19.
- Episode 1: How essential farmworkers have been hit hard by the coronavirus
- Episode 2: Cultural barriers essential farmworkers face during COVID-19 pandemic
- Episode 3: Protecting agriculture workers during the coronavirus pandemic
- Article: Essential agriculture workers have been hit devastatingly hard by the coronavirus

Sacramento civil rights lawyer uses his knowledge, home and property to help homeless
Civil rights lawyer Mark Merin has opened both his home and law office to helping "those who cannot help themselves." He has sued the city and county of Sacramento around 50 times, becoming a voice that often represents those that go unheard.
- Article: Sacramento lawyer creates self-governing, safe spaces for homeless

'Statistically, this is very unusual' | The same seven officers were involved in multiple shootings in Sacramento County
From data gathered through law enforcement, the Department of Justice and the District Attorney, our investigation found that 11 of the 46 officer involved shootings that have occurred since 2014 involved the same officers. Why are the same officers repeatedly involved in shootings? We went directly to them to ask.
- Article: 'Statistically, this is very unusual' | The same seven officers were involved in multiple shootings in Sacramento County